Metro men’s and women’s tennis teams were both dealt defeating season openers on the road Jan. 31.
The men’s team traveled to Colorado Springs to take on Abilene Christian losing 6-1. The only victory for the Roadrunners came from freshman Joey Tscherne at No.2 singles spot over Abilene Christian’s Nico Agritelley. Coming off a great last season, as well as being named to the preseason all-RMAC team, Tscherne won the match 6-4, 6-3.
“Joey has a lot of upside and plenty of talent,” said head coach Daniel Hangstefer. “He played a smart match and it was fun to see him come out with a win. I think we are in a healthy situation overall with the team. We are a young team with a lot to learn, but I think overall they’re taking everything in stride.”
The score shows losses for Metro but still a number of the matches were close ones. In the No. 1 singles position was junior Josh Graetz who lost two sets with a score of 6-3 and 6-1. Senior Porter Emery participated in the No. 4 singles position losing a close one with a score of 6-3 and 6-4.
“Josh Graetz and Porter Emery have done a very good job being leaders,” Hangstefer said. “I will continue to look at them to lead this team forward. The important thing is that the players continue to trust the process and the system that is in place.”
The men’s team travels back to Colorado Springs Feb. 29 to compete against Colorado College.
The women’s team took their talents to Greeley and opened up their season against Northern Colorado to fall short 7-0.
The match took place indoors because of inclement weather. Senior Kasey Love was the only Roadrunner to take a set from Northern Colorado’s Hilary Walters-West. Love fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 3 singles position.
“The women competed very well. Even though the score was 7-0, a lot of the matches were very competitive,” Hangstefer said. “I feel that the women are in a good place. Right now we are focused on taking one day at a time. While we have big goals, I often tell the team that they have to focus on the present. If we take care of the present moment, the goals will eventually happen.”
After the loss, Metro falls to 4-4 on the season and Northern Colorado improves to 2-0.
The women’s team will travel to Fort Collins on Feb. 6 to face Colorado State.
They will play their first home match at The Auraria Event Center March 4 against Weber State University.
The men will have their home opener March 16 when they face Dallas Baptist University.